Mass Media and American Democracy - Fall 2011 Syllabus

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Rutgers University Mass Media and American Democracy 790: 345 - Fall 2011 Class Meeting: ARH 100: Monday and Wednesday 5:35pm – 6:55pm Instructor: Mark Major Email: majormgm@gmail.com Office Hours: By Appointment (Hickman Hall 312) Objective : This course is designed to introduce students to the role of the mass media in American politics and society. We focus primarily on the news media, as it is the dominant medium for political communication. This course analyzes the interactive dynamics of the news media and the political system. Theoretical concerns include the type of information systems necessary for a healthy and vibrant democratic culture. We also examine the relationship between the historical development of mass media and its impact on democratic communication. Other topics addressed include media bias, framing, race, labor, gender, and US foreign policy. Finally, we are in the midst of a profound transformation of the news media – largely influenced by the Internet – and understanding the implications of the changing nature of the news provide insight for the future of American democracy. Course Readings : The overwhelming majority of readings are posted on Sakai - https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal Please note that readings with Internet links are not posted on Sakai and some recommended readings may not be available on Sakai. Please see me if interested in obtaining the recommended listings. Recommended Books: 1) W. Lance Bennett, News: The Politics of Illusion 9 th ed (Longman, 2010) 2) Matthew Hindman, The Myth of Digital Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2009) 3) Robert W. McChesney, The Problem of the Media: US Communication Politics in the 21 st Century (Monthly Review Press, 2004) 4) W. Lance Bennett, Regina Lawrence, and Steven Livingston, When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (University of Chicago Press, 2007) 5) Robert M. Entman, Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion, and US Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press, 2004). 6) Jeffrey E. Cohen, The Presidency in the Era of 24-Hour News (Princeton University Press, 2008) Course Requirements : A. Class participation and quizzes – 20 pts. It is extremely important to be prepared for class. The quality of the course is dependent on the quality of your preparation and engagement. You are expected to complete the assigned readings before class and take part in class discussions. There will be five random open-note quizzes throughout the semester; I will count the top four scores. The quizzes will be given at the beginning of class, if you show up late you will not be allowed to take the quiz. Extra credit opportunities will be given as well but
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